Singapore Premier League • October 21, 2015

Kean: Not The Best Performance But I Will Take This


Written by: Nigel Chin

Brunei DPMM coach Steve Kean was pleased that his side managed to hold out for a 2-1 win over Hougang United despite not having the best of games.

The Bruneians won 2-1 to regain their three-point cushion at the top of the table over Balestier Khalsa.

Just days ago, DPMM somehow let slip a 3-1 lead to Home United to draw 4-4, and Kean was pleased that his charges did not allow Hougang back into the game this time around.

“I would take a performance like this for the remaining games,” Kean said.

“It might not be the prettiest, but the good thing for us is we picked up the second ball more than Hougang.

“I was screaming just to remind them (DPMM players) to take the sting out of the match. We never did that against Home United, but I felt we managed that in the final few minutes.”

Kean also gave credit for the tough fight the Cheetahs put on, and felt that their current league position is not a true reflection of their actual ability.

“They are in a false position because they are a good team – they have a good coach and good players,” Kean stated.

“You can see tonight, they don’t stop and they just kept coming. Their front two are a pain – they are a handful to deal with.

“When the ball was in the box, it was so physical, they are so good at picking up the scraps and keep the ball alive.

“It’s a good thing that we no longer have to play them anymore.”

Hougang coach Salim Moin was disappointed with the way his team gave the points away.

“Its very disappointing, it’s the same situation we had [against Tampines],” Salim explained.

“Very disappointed when the score was 1-1, and then a lack of concentration [allowed them to win].

“The players must understand that at the end of the day it’s all about concentration and mental strength.”